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iPad donation to tuition programme benefits chronically ill kids

Published on Sep 15, 2012 6:00 AM
Beneficiaries include five-year-old Syasya Dalili Suhaimi (centre), who undergoes dialysis at NUH four times a week, and Ms Siti Rasyidah Lokman Hadan (far right), 20. They are pictured with (from left) Syasya's sister Umairah Syafiqah Suhaimi, mother Kartini Mohd Gani and programme teacher Sarah Lim. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

A donation of 10 iPads, worth about $8,500, will enhance the learning experience of chronically ill children whose numbers have tripled at a tuition programme run by Club Rainbow's Rainbow Academic Support Programme (gRASP).

The technological boost was provided by health products company Covidien. The iPads are loaded with 300 educational applications.

The programme was launched in 2005 at KK Women's and Children's Hospital's Club Rainbow Family Resource Centre. Conceived as a way of helping kids cope with missed schoolwork, its inaugural batch had 40 students.

Since then, the free bedside and centre tuition has expanded to include a satellite tuition centre held on Saturdays at NorthLight Secondary School and the National University Hospital's (NUH's) Club Rainbow Family Resource Centre. There are now about 130 children taking part in gRASP programmes each month.

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